For the sixth consecutive season, the Newbury Nighthawks advanced to the double-elimination portion of the New England Collegiate Conference Championships and will chase their first Conference Championship in program history. Ahead of the No. 4 seed Nighthawks are the No. 1 seed Lesley University Lynx, the No. 2 seed Becker College Hawks, and the No. 3 seed Bay Path University Wildcats. The Lynx and Wildcats qualified for Championship Weekend last season, with Lesley claiming the title, while the Hawks will draw on their 2016 Championship as their recent success.
A fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Nighthawks junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) turned out to be the difference maker in a low scoring affair as the Newbury Nighthawks advance to the New England Collegiate Conference Semifinals by virtue of a 3-2 win over the Elms Blazers on Tuesday afternoon from Hellenic Diamond.
The Nighthawks softball program is making their sixth straight New England Collegiate Conference playoff appearance, continuing their best streak in program history. In what could be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history, five of the six playoff teams all had 10-wins in the NECC. The lone exception is a capable Mitchell College team, who finished their season 9-7 in conference to clinch the No. 6 seed.
Nighthawks, Mariners Split Doubleheader, Nighthawks Clinch No. 4 seed
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished the week batting .588 and has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, for the Week ending on April 29 and announced by the Conference Office on Monday.
The Nighthawks fell in a pair of games against Eastern Nazarene on Monday afternoon.
The Nighthawks took a pair of wins over the Wheelock Wildcats on Sunday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
A late-game rally by the Nighthawks earns them a split of the doubleheader action with Becker.